The Croton Jewish Center’s new monthly Scholar-in-Residence program will begin Jan. 12-13, 2006 with a visit by Rabbi Moshe Edelman, an expert in Judaism and spirituality, who will speak on subjects pertaining to The Quest for Spirituality through Judaism. Rabbi Edelman will participate in Shabbat services, activities, and discussions from Friday evening through Saturday night. The public is invited to attend.
“We’ve begun a scholar-in-residence program to bring leading Jewish thinkers to Croton Jewish Center to engage congregants and the community in stimulating topics of interest,” explains Rick Morris, President of Croton Jewish Center. “We wanted to take advantage of the wealth of brilliant Jewish scholars available in the New York area, and our scholars are delighted to spread their knowledge and spark discussions of timely Jewish issues relevant to how we all live today.”
Rabbi Edelman is the Director of Leadership Development for the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and is its Director of Congregational Programming and the Committee on Congregational Standards. He has been a member of United Synagogue’s senior staff since 1992 after serving for 19 years as a congregational rabbi, including a position at North Shore Jewish Center in Port Jefferson, Long Island.
“I am honored to be a part of the congregation’s learning experiences at Croton Jewish Center,” says Rabbi Edelman, who will speak several times throughout Shabbat. On Friday evening, following services and a community Shabbat dinner, the rabbi will talk about “The Quest for Spirituality through Jewish Transcendental Meditation.” On Saturday, he will discuss “Spirituality Through Prayer and Deeds of Kindness” during services. After a Kiddush luncheon, he will explain “What Really Happened on Mt. Sinai: Conservative Judaism’s Interpretation of Revelation.” Lastly, Rabbi Edelman will conduct an “Ask the Rabbi” session beginning 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.
The Croton Jewish Center Scholar-in-Residence Shabbats will continue Feb. 2- 3 with a Shabbat visit by Dr. Rabbi Jonathan Milgram, Assistant Professor, Talmud and Rabbinics, at the Jewish Theological Seminary and the principal of the religious school at Croton Jewish Center. On March 9-10, Croton Jewish Center will host Rabbi Robert R. Golub, the Executive Director of MERCAZ USA, the Zionist Organization of the Conservative Movement. Their topics will be announced, as well as additional speakers in coming months.
The community is invited to participate in all Shabbat events. Children also are encouraged to participate in one of two youth book groups that will meet on Saturday, Jan. 13th from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Children aged 6 to 8 are currently reading Something from Nothing by Phoebe Gilman. Children aged 9 to 12 are reading The Blessing of the Animals by Michael Rosen.
Friday evening services will begin at 7 p.m. on Jan. 12th and will be followed by a community Shabbat dinner and Rabbi Edelman’s lecture. The cost of dinner is $12 for adults; $6 for children, with a maximum charge of $30 per family. Payment for dinner should be arranged in advance by calling 914-271-2219. Saturday morning services will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 13th. There is no charge for the Kiddush luncheon. Babysitting is available. Croton Jewish Center is located at 52 Scenic Drive in Croton-on-Hudson. For more information, the public can call 914-271-2219 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.